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Drama | Mystery
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
100 min
IMDB Rating:
5.9 / 10 
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Directors: Philip Ridley [Director] ,

Movie Description:
After the death of his strictly religious parents, forlorn young Darkly gets lost in the woods. A truck driver, Jude, rescues the exhausted man, who has only a bible for comfort. He brings him to the house of Callie and Clay, two lovers who live in the forest. While Clay is away in the forest, beautiful Callie nurses Darkly back to health, and he develops an obsession with her that is totally contrary to his upbringing - a sexual obsession. When Clay returns home and Darkly sees the two lovers kiss, it is too much for him. Every night he hears them making love. Darkly's descent into madness has begun... An extremely dramatical and exciting ending!


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Passion, Religion and Insanity

While driving through the forest to the isolated house of the lovers Callie (Ashley Judd) and Clay (Viggo Mortensen), the driver Jude (Loren Dean) finds a young man fainted on the road. He rescues the stranger and the sensual Callie welcomes him while Clay is retired in the woods. When he awakes, he tells his name, Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser), and explains that his religious parents had been killed in their house by the furious locals and he had successfully escaped with his bible. Clay returns and accepts the presence of the new-comer in his house. Along the next days, Darkly becomes sexually obsessed by the sexy Callie and uses flagellation to punish himself for his desire. When the confused Darkly meets the deranged widow Roxy (Grace Zabriskie) in the woods, she tells him that Callie is a witch that killed her husband and that bewitches young men. When Roxy commits suicide, the insanity of the fanatic Darkly leads him to punish the sinners.

"The Passion of Darkly Noon" is another excellent and underrated movie of director Philip Ridley. I do not understand how this awesome director has only two movies in his filmography (the other is fantastic "The Reflecting Skin"). Today I have watched "The Passion of Darkly Noon" for the second time and this movie still very impressive. The story has drama, romance, eroticism and suspense, supported by magnificent direction, top-notch performances, beautiful landscapes and an awesome soundtrack. In 1995, Brendan Fraser proved for me that he is a great actor with his performance of a young man living in a conflictive situation between his religious credo and his carnal desire in spite of being miscast, since his character is a kid and Brendan was twenty-seven year-old in 1995, the same age of the sexy Ashley Judd (both were born in 1968). This gorgeous actress in her first lead role has an extremely sexy performance, with some of the hottest scenes of the cinema history with the great actor Viggo Mortensen. Unfortunately this disturbing movie is recommended for very specific audiences only. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Paix?es na Floresta" ("Passions in the Forest")

Is it symbolic or is it merely poorly thought out?

The film starts with a young man stumbling through a forest He is obviously in distress. Brendan Fraser plays the man and we discover later that his name is Darkly Noon. The name comes from I Corinthians, 13:12, "For now we see through a glass, darkly?" Does that have some sort of significance? He is helped by a passerby named Jude and taken to a house in the forest. A young woman named Callie lives there. She is played by Ashley Judd whose entire wardrobe seems to consist of clothes given to her by a smaller woman with a taste for skimpy attire. Is she an emotionally confused free spirit or is she a sexpot tease? Whichever, it certainly confuses Darkly. It seems he was raised in a community of religious nuts who were so outrageously fundamentalist that they were set upon by their neighbors and slaughtered one and all, and only he escaped alone to tell the tale. Despite, or perhaps because of his strict upbringing, Darkly becomes burdened by longings with which he is ill equipped to deal. Matters are made worse when Callie's boyfriend comes back. This is Clay, played by Viggo Mortensen. He is a carpenter who doesn't seem to make anything other than cradles and coffins. Darkly becomes more and more obsessed and starts indulging in self-abuse of every kind, some of it involving barbed wire. It's not pretty. Then things start to get weird. A giant silver shoe floats by. Darkly meets a strange old woman who spends all of her time wandering around the forest with a dog and a rifle and ranting. Jude, who is the one contact with the outside world for these people, also seems to be their one contact with reality. He tries to get everybody to calm down but they're all too busy making cryptic remarks and dealing in symbolism. The ending is totally bizarre, involving an elephant and an explanation of the silver shoe that only confuses matters even further.

Amazing film with near flawless performances!

"the Passion of Darkly Noon" has to be one of the most bleak and emotional films I have seen. It's even more depressing than Philip Ridley's other film, "The Reflecting Skin". Believe it or not, Philip Ridley is not only a writer of plays but of children's books. "The Passion of Darkly Noon" is a beautiful, disturbing and surreal psychological drama in the vein of "Blue Velvet", "Santa Sangre", "Donnie Darko" and "I Stand Alone". Brandon Fraiser gives an amazing and overlooked performance as Darkly Noon; a naive young Christian man who's just escaped a waco like religious cult. He witnessed his parents and other members shot down by police. Darkly is found injured in the woods and stays with Callie (Ashley Judd), who takes care of Darkly till he's better. Ashley Judd's Character is a nature loving feminist beauty. (Check out the close up of her arm pit hair.) Callie start's to fall for Darkly. Her mute boyfriend is played by Viggo Mortenson. Since Darkly has lived a secluded life with not much contact of the outside world, he doesn't know how to deal with his sexual feelings for Callie. Out of guilt he prays for forgiveness and mutilates himself with barb wire. His religious beliefs cause him to slowly loose his sanity and see visions of his dead parents. He feels it's God's mission for him to kill. The film builds up unbearable tension as it goes along. Ashley Judd is amazing with a performance so good, it's as if she's having a real nervous breakdown. Brandon Fraiser gives the best performance of his career. His character is down right scary, especially compared to his usual roles in family films. Their are certain images in this film that are very confusing. One being the giant silver shoe floating in the pond. "The Passion of Darkly Noon" is somewhat of a puzzle and may require a second viewing. Either way it has my highest recommendation.
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